Yaling Hou is the designer and the founder of the lifestyle design company, Flowie. Launched in 2007, Flowie designs and manufactures refreshing fabrics, bags, home accessories and other fashion accessories. Yaling Hou was born and raised in Taiwan. She currently lives in Redwood City, California, with her Japanese husband and their adorable Maltese dog.
Because both my husband and I love cooking and entertaining, we have many dishes and cookwares. We recently moved into our new home and have been discussing and working on how we should organize our kitchen so that it suits our needs. Here are some tips we have learned during the process:
* cabinet shelves: www.containerstore.com / utensil tray: www.bedbathandbeyond.com
1. Use organization accessories
Cabinet organizing shelves are great tools to organize your dishes and cooking pans. Shelves maximize storage space in cabinets and also keep dishes and pans within easy reach. Drawer utensil trays help keep cooking tools and utensils organized and easy to find. Be sure to sort your dishes by types (e.g., shapes) and frequency of usage. We put our daily dishes in the lowest shelf for easy access.
* CD stackers: www.containerstore.com / Vase: designpublic.com
2. Be creative with organizers
Kitchen organizers do not need to be kitchen items. Sometimes, items that are not meant for the kitchen can be useful. For example, we found CD stackers useful for storing and organizing fruits and produce on the counter top. They keep our kitchen counter top free from clutters. And, a decorative vase works beautifully as an alternative utensil holder. I love the recycled wine bottle vase that I use to hold our cooking utensils. It looks so pretty on our counter top.
* shelves: IKEA / pot rack: IKEA
3. Make use of vertical space
We have no space for a pot rack in our kitchen. As a solution, we installed small wall shelves to hold small pots and a tea kettle. We also installed a hook on the side of the cabinet to hang our big wok. To store cooking pan covers, we installed a cover rack behind the cabinet door. Make use of every inch!